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HR-25 (2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution No. 25


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow

August 21, 2013


Relative to the 361st Infantry Regiment Day.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 25, as introduced, Bigelow.

WHEREAS, The 361st Infantry was organized on September 4, 1917, as an element of the 91st Division and was formed into a Regimental Combat Team. On September 11, 1918, the 361st Infantry Regimental Combat Team became the first regiment of the 91st Division to enter combat in World War I, serving valiantly under treacherous conditions on the fronts and receiving battle streamers for Ypres-Lys, Muse-Argonne, and Lorraine. The 361st Infantry Regimental Combat Team received numerous decorations from Belgium, France, and the United States of America, including the Congressional Medal of Honor; and
WHEREAS, After being demobilized in April 1919, the 361st Infantry was reconstituted in June 1921 and was allotted to the Organized Reserves in Sacramento, California, as an element of the 91st Division. The 361st Infantry was ordered into active military service on August 15, 1942, at Camp White, Oregon, where it underwent rigorous training until November 1943; and
WHEREAS, The 361st Infantry participated in the initial landing on the beach of Anzio, Italy, on June 1, 1944, and distinguished itself throughout the Italian campaign, receiving numerous commendations and awards, including a Presidential Unit Citation and campaign streamers for Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and the Po Valley; and
WHEREAS, The 361st Infantry was deactivated at Camp Rucker, Alabama, on November 13, 1945, and was organized and redesignated the Organized Reserve Corps in 1948 with headquarters in California where it continues to serve our beloved country; and
WHEREAS, The former members of the 361st Infantry have aided in maintaining the honor, integrity, and supremacy of the country, holding in remembrance their common cause to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America. The former members of the 361st Infantry encourage in all people the spirit of understanding, which shall help guard against future wars, promote charitable activity directed to members or their survivors who may be in need, and preserve the memories of our military activities; and
WHEREAS, On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the 361st Infantry Association will hold their 24th annual reunion and memorial ceremony in Sacramento, California, in the 52nd year of the organization; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly proclaims September 7, 2013, as 361st Infantry Regiment Day in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.